Polytech visit lets girls in on salon secrets

ADAM ROBERTS
Last updated 13:00 30/11/2012
Salisbury pupils at NMIT
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BRUSHING UP: Salisbury School pupils, from left, Leana Shaw, 17, Grace Powell, 15, and Connie Leslie, 15, try out hair styles on models during a visit to Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

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A group of Salisbury School students have been given a chance to let their hair down with a visit to the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology's hairdressing school.

The year 10, 11 and 12 students spent the day at NMIT yesterday, based in the hairdressing school, using hair straighteners, curlers and other hair-care tools to practise techniques on NMIT's mannequins in the school's salon.

Later, they practised the techniques on each other, and created posters to pass on their knowledge to others at the school.

Salisbury teacher Anne Cardiff said the visit was aimed at giving the girls the experience of being at a polytechnic, a place where they might study eventually.

"It's a taster. We encourage learning outside their own environment of the school and learning from other people."

The course taught them skills they could use in everyday life, she said.

"It's high-interest for them."

Student Kaydene Williams, 15, was enjoying playing with the school's mannequins, tying the hair of one in a "fishtail" design. The day was "awesome", she said.

She worked at Alchemy Cafe in Richmond, and said she would like to return to NMIT in a few years to do a course in food preparation.

She had been at Salisbury for nearly two years, and said the school had helped her a lot with reading and maths, helping her earn NCEA credits.

Student Grace Powell, 15, said she had enjoyed learning how to straighten hair and design hairstyles.

Being at NMIT had felt like working at a real salon, and she hoped to be able to enrol in a course one day, she said.

NMIT hairdressing tutor Suzanne Boniface said the course gave them a little bit of confidence to try new things."It gives them the opportunity to try heated appliances that they normally wouldn't get. They are girls, they will like doing hair."

Meanwhile, the school is preparing for a fundraising fair on Sunday. Board of trustees chairwoman Helen McDonnell said the school was receiving plenty of support from the community.

The fair would include a bouncy castle, raffles, and second-hand stalls, she said. It was due to begin at 3pm.

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